Liz Cross is an advanced nurse practitioner at Attenborough Surgery in Watford, Herts, UK, and CLAHRC fellow. In the winter of 2015/16, in a bid to improve antibiotic stewardship in her clinics, Liz piloted C Reactive Protein point of care testing (CRP POCT) for the management of lower respiratory tract infections in line with the NICE guidelines.
Following this pilot Liz won an NHS Innovation award which funded the 2nd stage of the project out to 8 sites within Herts Valleys. CRP POCT was piloted in 8 (5 CRP test sites, 3 standard care) GP sites over a 3 month period during the winter of 2016/17. Subsequently Liz won an Antibiotic Guardian award in the diagnostic category with this work in June 2017.
Liz has written news articles, presented at conferences for NHS Improvement, NICE, Antibiotic Guardian, reviewed two NICE MIB diagnostic kits, conducted lectures at the University of Hertfordshire and London Southbank, presented to commissioners and local GP networks and conducted two workshops in the House of Commons for MPs and peers. As part of the process Liz has utilized social media and engaged with professional networks such as the RCN, RCGP and Queen’s Nurses Institute.